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conversation continues. aljazeera.co aljazeera.com/considerthis. we'll see you next time. good evening, everyone. welcome to al jazeera america, i'm john seigenthaler in new york. is this flight 370. a satellite image of the south china sea homes in on what might be debris from the plane that disappeared five years ago. we talk to a u.s. navy commander searching for the missing jet. >> without warning a huge explosion levelled two buildings in new york city. three dead, nine missing. the latest and new questions
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about aging gas lines. the murder of kitty genovesi, a murder that shocked the nation. did dozens of witnesses stand by and do nothing. the theories and revelations from an infamous case. >> prince of the city, he's the pride of the team, and a member of the royal family back home. we'll meet him. >> we begin with the mystery of the malaysia airlines flight 370. five days after it vanished the international jet is taking a turn, and one triggered by these images, satellite photos that may show a wreckage site. it's in the south china sea, close to the path of the boeing
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777. chinese officials say they can't confirm these are images, and they are connected with the airliner. the plane bound for beijing disappeared over thailand. there were 239 passengers, including three u.s. citizens. more than 80 ships and planes are searching an area the size of indiana. malaysian officials revealed the final message, a routine sign off - all right, goodnight. authorities have not ruled out possible causes, including mechanical cause. anthony is a commercial pilot and joins us from new york. welcome. >> thank you. >> what do you make of the images? >> we examined the images. when they are enlarged they are blurry. but they do show a fuse large, the front of the aircraft with what appears to be two cockpit
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windows - one for the captain and one for the copilot. on close examination, despite the images being blurry, it appears to awes that the pattern -- appears to us that the pattern of the wreckage is not consistent with a water landing. we suspect very strongly that this is not the aircraft. >> you don't think it is. >> we don't. >> based on that. where bo the investigators go from here? >> there are several places for the investigators to go. there are basically three quadrants that we are interested in. the question of security with regard to passport issues, and recent allegations against the copilot, reflecting that he
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allowed personnel in a previous flight. >> in the u.s. that would be not a given. these are mandated orders by the faa for detective conditions. one involved cracks in the foos large. >> when was that? >> this was relatively recent, within the last seven weeks. >> so you think that that is a possibility. let me throw something else at you. i heard one of the folks talking about - there's plenty of speculation to go around. someone suggested if we followed the transponder, the device sending the information about where the plane is, that will lead to what happened to the plane. do you agree? >> the transponder has two functions, one is to enhance the
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radar image at the air traffic controllers station, and tag on vital information. the aircraft identification, the rout of travel, the specific heading. it transmits the air speed and the altitude. but the transponder can we used as a mode of communication in emergencies, if there is a radio failure. they can put a certain discrete code into the transponder signalling the air traffic controller that they have loft are are radio communication. in the event that there's a security problem, there's a different discrete code. if it's a component emergency, yet another. you say despite the fact that it was clear skies, beautiful weather, you can't rule out weather. >> you can't rule out weather.
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>> there's precedence in which clear air turbulence - it placed it into a dangerous dive, and they recovered - perhaps it was about 12,000 feet from the ground, a mere 30 seconds to a minute before impact. so i don't believe it can be ruled out at this time. >> such a mystery. good to have you on the program. >> mary is a former inspector general for the u.s. department of transportation, and she told me if the debris belonged to the plane, the next steps could be vital. >> two things are important. look for the black boxes and two, get as much wreckage out of the water as fast as possible. on the wreckage there'll be pitting if there's explosives. if it did, there's a possibility there was a bomb. that residue will be on the pieces of the plane. sea water doesn't watch it off, and there'll be pitting.
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pulling one or two pictures of the water, they can rule it out, and get it going. the third thing that should have happened was that the investigators should have grabbed all the maintenance repair records for the plane. it had been in maintenance. they said they had something else to do. those are important. an accident investigation the answers are right in the maintenance records. we haven't heard a peep about that. >> one technology company says the more people looking for this missing plane, the better chance of solving the mystery. jacob ward has that story. >> while boats, airplanes and satellites crisscross the ocean, there's a new search effort taking off, drawing on the eyes of every day people. these images are from a company, and they put a fool together in order to invite anyone with an internet connection to search
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within the grid, looking for signs of the plane. you can mark oil slicks or debris. there's a rich history of searching photographs. astronomers used to have to compare two pictures like these, trying to find differences and find celestial objects. a young astronomer had a dull job. he was given two photos, this is the first, and noticed that this speck here was not present in the second photograph and had moved here. turns out he had discovered pluto. software does the work for astronomers. students have to analyse photographs. there's too much variability there to detect what we are looking for. there's an industry of people looking at images like these, very dedicated people who pore
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through the images, such as the ones chinese authorities suspect. this is a satellite shot of plant 42. a top-secret military. it can reveal important information. the spot where the tarmac turps dark suggests the size and weight of planes that land there. analysts are employed that do this analysis. this same process is but in to find this flight. if debris has been spotted, it took a roomful of people looking at the images to do it. algorithms will not find the plane, only human perception, from airplanes crisscrossing the area or looking at laptops. >> we'll have an update at the bottom of the hour. >> today, a plea to washington for help.
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the country's interim prime minister met with president obama and congressional leaders. john kerry says he's going to london on friday to meet with the russian for instance and eight senators travelling to kiev to meet with the government. the u.s. will stand by ukraine. >> the pressing change your that will ukraine faces at the moment is the threat to its territorial integrity and sovereignty. we have been very clear that we consider the russian incursion into crimea to be a violation of international law and agreements to which russia is a signatory. >> in four days people in crimea will vote on whether to become part of russia. >> here in new york, an army of first responders digging through
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the rubble for people that may be trapped after an explosion destroyed two buildings. richelle carey has the latest information. >> nine people are upacted for. three were killed, 24 more - 27, let me correct that, were injured after the blast. some felt the explosion blocks away. it blast may have been caused by a cas leak. residents reported smelling gas last night. >> terrified residents ran from their homes after a massive explosion and fire rained down debris and sent smoke and ash into the air, all as a result of a suspected gas leak. residents reported a strong odour of gas and called the power company, conedison before the explosion. this explosion comes a day after
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a report was issued on aging infrastructure, including the natural gas lines saying it would cost nearly $50 billion over four years to make the necessary repairs. according to the report, 6300 miles of gas mains are 56 years old. >> new york city has an old infrastructure in need of repair. it certainly came home that this is sometimes what happens when you have infrastructure that can approach 100 years old or in this case more. >> the report says many of the city's gas lines are made out of old and dated material, making them susceptible to leeks and breaks. ageing gas lines are not just a new york city problem. last week a gas leak led to an explosion terring through a
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townhouse killing one, and injuring seven others. more than three years ago, a gas explosion followed by a fire flattened a neighbourhood. leeks and repairs are said to be to blame. >> we let the infrastructure get old. companies that own it don't necessarily have incentive to invest in upgrading them. in keeping the cities safe. the federal department of transportation were structed in 1950s. in 1960s. despite improving safety performance, the simple fact remains they've been on the ground for a long time. a majority of incidents are from material failures and corrosion, a problem that public and private sectors need to spend
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billions to fit. nine were unaccounted for. a lot of questions. >> thank you very much. >> now to the latest wave of extreme weather taking aim. the blizzard like conditions and another round of freezing temperatures. kevin corriveau is tracking the storm. he has more. >> i don't think anyone will forget this winter, we have had textures across the north central areas. we have seen the great lakes frozen more than what we have seen in many, many years, and now we deal with the major storm, and the storm has been deadly across ohio. we saw a big wave of snow pass through. we had a 50-car pile-up. three died, unfortunately in the area. we are clearing up there. there's a lot of snow paying its way up here to the north-east. a snow report that we had was at
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17.9 inches of snow in just the last 24 hours. this is what we are looking at for temperature right now. look at the difference in temperature from the north to the south. this is where the cold front is laying out. above the cold front. that's where we see the snow. temperatures are dropping. this is what we expect to see. in the next 24 hours, it continues. northern new hampshire will be hit. some forecast models say we could get up to 22 inches. boston about 2. here in new york, we make it half app inch to an inch. it's not going to be too significant. that's a look at what your forecast will be. on thursday we break out but will be cooler in new york. >> beware the ides of march. >> danger from below, a toxic threat from a nuclear dumping
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grouped and why experts say we are running out of time. >> 50 years later the murder of kitty genovesi - dozens witnessed it but did nothing. is that true? >> and the crisis in venezuela. fresh clashes with deadly results. a live report from the country that is being torn apart.
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>> there are hazardous waste sites, and then the nuclear waste site. a toxic place, there are reports of a leak, and many are concerned. it's near richmond, washington. allen schauffler reports. >> in the wide open spaces of the ham ford nuclear reservation, where the first plutonium processor was built for world war ii atom bombs and cold war miss i am sure attention focuses on a buried waste tank. it leaked before, and the federal department of energy found radioactive waste in a new spot, between the walls of the double walled tank. mike knows the tank ay102 and
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its contents. >> ay102, if we took a top poll - we would be dead by now. >> jeffrey worked 27 years monitoring the waste tanks, and quit over a dispute over what the public was told over the situation. he is not surprised more material has leaked or by reports six more double-walled tanks could be at risk. >> we are in big trouble. we are running out of time. >> the 580 square mile site is the biggest most polluted area on the continent with 63 billion gallons of radioactive waste and groundwater. some of which have leaked. the columbian river, its waters were used to cool nine reactors
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is the big concern. >> proof of progress in a region proud of its role at the dawn of the nuclear age. the leaking tank and plans for dealing with it at the state and federal governments is at odds. >> to receive a plan indicating that preparations and pumping wouldn't begin for two years is a concern. >> federal regulators say there's no threat to public safety, that monitoring has been increased and were not surprised to find more leakage. >> the chances of catastrophic failure is min muss. we are talking about a stress release corrosion with a small crack. >> whistleblower mike sees bigger problems. >> it's evidence that the inner tank is breaking down.
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>> the current government plan is to have in place by 2019 a vitry fibbingation plant, a plant taking the wast, glassifying it into roads so it could be stored. 2019 it will be online. 2047 is when they predict they'll finish glassifying all of the dangers material here. there has been problems with the design and construction of the plant. the deadlines are in jeopardy. >> allen schauffler reporting. >> chances are you have heard the staffy of a new york city woman attacked in the street, screamed for help and died because no one bothered to call police or get involved. it's part of the law. the victim kitty genovesi was killed 50 years ago tomorrow. within weeks it ran in the "new york times" with the head line 37 saw the murder, didn't call press. >> new books challenge the
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telling of the story. one says the "times" got it wrong saying some called for help and only a few witnessed the attack. another book says there were more witnesses than the "times" reported, who didn't do anything to save kitty genovesi. it changed our view of society. katherine joins us from los angeles, the only author to have spoken to the convicted killer, winston moseley, and documented in her book: >> welcome. >> thank you very much. glad to be here. >> you say 60 people witnessed this. where did you get that information? >> that's what i got directly from the police reports taken during the investigation. according to the police reports, there were 62 people who
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admitted hearing kitty genovesi's screams. not all people could see everything. we are talking about people in apartment buildings. 33 people, by my count according to the police report witnessed parts of the crime. >> and, of course, you know there's another book that suggests only a few people actually heard this. even the "new york times" has changed its story a bit over time. with such a wide discrepancy. >> all i can say is i spent several years on the book. i wanted to be thorough. i went over the trial transcripts care fully and interviewed some of the original investigating detective and people that lived in the neighbourhood, including an eyewitness.
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the evidence that i found indicates what i have just said, that it was 62 people who heard something. >> and didn't do anything. >> exactly. exactly. in fact, i did ask the detectives, both of them, did you think the story was exaggerated, and they said, "no, it was not exaggerated." when you think about the story, what impact did you have on our view of society in new york city. well, i think it reinforced a negative view that many have of new york city as an alienating and dangerous place. i don't think it was entirely fair because unfortunately, you know, we have seen similar cases in many different places and by similar, where someone has been in distress and needed help and people did not come to their aid, it's not exclusive to new york city. >> did you get a sense that the people who didn't call, the
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people who witnessed or heard something. what their feelings were after this? >> i would say regret. because after the "new york times" article appeared, the press converged on cue gardens, the community where this occurred and there were 11 newspapers in new york city at the time. and there were reporters all over, and they were interviewing the witnesses and reinterviewing them. the overwhelming feeling was regret. people expressing regret "i wish i had called, i thought others called", there were the occasional people who said "that was none of my business." >> you interviewed winston moseley. what struck you about him? >> he's an extremely intelligent and articulate man >> the killer. >> yes. very well read. unfortunately, as intelligent as he is, he's a man with little
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insight into himself, his crimes or really anything. there's definitely a disconnect there, as far as the emotional or attachment to others. >> katherine, it's a fascinating topic. the book is called "kitty genovesi - a true account of a public murder and its private consequences." thank you for being with us tonight. >> residents of a small texas town say they are under assault from a church they call a cult. a young woman disappears and turns up brainwashed, according to the family. we talk about what is really going gone in texas, and whether it is the making of a cult. >> next - flight 370, a satellite imagery taken showing possible wreckage area. and the mcmartin preschool case.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler in new york. much more to tell you about. what they want. we take you behind the lines for an inside look at the opposition protestor in venezuela. shattered lies. the mcmartin preschool case, 30 years later. >> and an oscar photo interpreted by a tall epted artist richelle carey with the headlines. >> today was a meeting between ukrainian leader and president obama. secretary of state john kerry plans to meet with rush job foreign minister sergei lavrov in london on friday.
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nine missing, three dead, 27 injured after an explosion in new york city's east harlem this morning. bill de blasio says the blast may have been caused by a gas leak. other reports say a water main may have collapsed on a gas line under the streets. residents reported noticing the smell of gas. satellite images could be a clue into what happened to missing malaysia airlines flight 307. three images were released of suspected debris. they are said to be at least 40 feet long, one more than 70 feet long. the aviation chief says they cannot confirm if the wreckage is expect to the boeing. it will take a while to know that. >> thanks richelle carey. >> malaysia airlines says out of report for the passengers and crew it's retiring flight 307
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for the rout. scott heidler joins us from penang malaysia where it's the middle of the day. what is the latest? >> john, well, the latest it the satellite images from china. they were taken on sunday. we know aircraft has been dispatched from malaysia and vietnam. because it's a couple of days old, it's not in the same position that those satellite images were taken. they have to find the debris, locating them and ships will be dispatched and there'll be a testing process. we are well away from it being v veri verified if this is from the same craft. this is the first debris finding we had. >> what is malaysia airlines
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telling the families right now? >> right now they are telling them, this is a difficult thing. they are telling them to be patient. there are so many factors to this, and so many clues that spread the search out. that is why we are on the island of penang. we have the streets of ma'am abbinga behind me. that's where it's believed there was a radar signature from the aircraft. that's why they are expanding, have expanded the search to this side of malaysia. sorry, i think i have lost my audio signal. >> scott, we appreciate the update. thank you very much. >> joining us on the telephone from hong kong is commander wim marks, spokesman for the u.s. facie 7th fleet. is there new information since
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we last spoke? >> thank you. actually, the information offer the last day has not - we have not gained new information. so i consider today as a period of transition. what you have to ask is if you centre in the gulf of thailand and pretty much have the area completely covered and searched. where do you go from there? at this point i'm not sure. we are waiting word from the government of malaysia and other folks looking at it. today is the point of transition. >> when you talk about a traptionition -- a transition of where you're going to look ex. >> that's correct. >> go ahead. >> sorry, i'll give an example. two days ago, the fixed wing
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aircraft flew over the straightof malaka. we were asked to fly over the strait of malaka and the otto mon sea and check it out. we did, we didn't find anything. at this point i think you have to move from the gulf of thailand one way or the other. >> we have been reporting there's 80 ships and planes involved in the international effort. how is it being coordinated? >> that's correct, that's a pretty close count. i have to give a lot of credit to the government of malaysia. i'm at the tactical level here in 7th fleet. we are at the level of ships, helicopters, fixed-winning aircraft in our safe sector. to give you a sense of the challenge and how difficult it
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is. the 80 ships and aircraft that's what prosecutional governments are sending. there's hundreds of civilian and commercial craft coming through here. if we are searching more in the straightof malaka, that's a heavily trafficked strait in the world. it's challenging. it's like a ches board. where do you move people. not only do you have to look at it in two-dimensions, you have to deconflict in three dimensions, because you have aircraft and add in communications, because everyone is using different frequencies and different command and control. this is one of the most complex environments i have ever seep, and i have to give a lot of credit to the government for coordinating this. there has been no action, and everyone has been safe in their searches. >> clearly the search goes on. >> great to have you on the program. thanks for the update.
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>> it has been a violent day in venezuela. government security forces used water canons on protests in caracas. the death toll has risen. fighting intensified in san cristobal, where government troops stepped up security. paul beban spent a day inside the barricades. >> we are driving in to san cristobal, where it began more than a month ago. >> it's 10 o'clock in the morning. we are moving barricades to get to the hotel. it was tense right from the start. this is where one student was killed in overnight clashes like these, just the night before. we barely had time to get the gear out of the vehicle when it got very intense. so we are in the hotel courtyard trying to get a shot.
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this is the kind of scene played out in this neighbourhood and other across the country. these are the people that the government calls fascist, but they say they have no choice. we stayed inside for a couple of hours. then things calmed down. we came outside, crossed over the barricade. just wanted to ask questions. >> what do you want the world to know? >> that we are ruled by a dictator. >> when will this stop? >> it will stop when the president quits. >> you want the president to resign? >> yes. >> what about negotiating. what about -. >> we don't negotiate with people that kill their own people. >> things settled down. life started to get back to
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something lying normal, and we had a chance to look around. >> they sunk parts of rebar into the streets like a pick ot line. >> this was knocked over earlier today by a national guard armoured vehicle smashing through here, pursuing the protesters down the street. if they rebuilt it in a matter of hours, but now over here on the street corner, what is going on is it looks like a bunching of teenager sitting around. they are making molotov cocktails. they have empty cases of beer bottles, and wine bottles. they have an assembly line her. how will it end, i really don't know. neighbourhoods are full people
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like marco, people that have no other cards left to say. what's the alternative? they drove us into a corner. that corn - well, this is all we have. then he took us to his house. he showed us why he doesn't go to the barricades. >> i have a 10 month old daughter and it feels so bad. they see her growing up in a country that used to be rich. >> paul beban reporting from a tense situation in san cristobal venezuela. >> it was one of the longest expensive criminal trials in american history. the mcmartin preschool case that began in 1963 and ended seven years later.
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>> it involved accusations of rape, satanic rituals. >> news outlets covered the trial and accepted the accusations as fact. a new documentary is shedding light on the controversial case and the coverage. we asked a producer to tell us the story. >> the mcmartin preschool trial. what happened in the summer of 1983. a woman had an accusation. it was a small pre school. she persisted in the charges and started talking to the parents. they believe that there was a pornography ring operated out of the school for many years. the children were photographed. there were satanic abuses going on. that the children were taken to others and handed over. this is what they got from the
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interviews. nine children testified. out of 400 who have been interviewed, nine was the final count. initially there were three - more than 300 counts of sexual abuse against the seven teaches. they went to trial with 65 counts of mallestation. they were deadlocked on some counts. >> i know that i didn't molest children. >> ultimately trying them again. they were deadlocked. >> we have a jewellery. we find the defendants not guilty. nothing was found, no offed of pornography, no photographs, no evidence at all. no evidence of satanic abuse. no animals mutilated. nothing has been found. the media fuelled the alarm.
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>> what may be one of the biggest child molesting cases. >> in a negative way. they turned around. it was many years in. they started to question it. it affected a lot of people. it was a panic that spread across the country. to look back and see what happened, it's good for journalists and examine what happened, what to do, how do we skeptical, pay attention. joining us to talk about the case is attorney areva martin. >> how did this change the way the justice system treated children. >> lots of lessons from this case much one of the biggest ones is how do you present children as witnesses and not
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have the juris find that their testimony has been persuaded or tainted by the adults. in this case a thing that contaminated the witnesses was that police sent out a letter to parents notifying them of the allegation, encouraging parents to take to children using langage like penis and sodomy. by the time the children testified, the jurists were trying to figure out whether it was for example or fat. whether it happened, the jurists could not find it a credible case. how did it change your the way of those accused. there is definitely deliberate effort to get all of the fact,
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listen to both sides, conduct interviews in a way that doesn't cause their testimony to be questioned. there's a lot of training with law enforcement officers designed to help them gain the trust of children, test memories, and let the children tell their story in their own words, rather than using suggestive language and leading questions, which is what the practice was. we know the criminal justice system varies from state to state depending on the law and law enforcement. was there a standardized way in which law enforcement and prosecutors dealt with situations like this? >> not really. there was a split in the legal and medical community, some, prosecutors, believed that children didn't lie about traumatic events like molestation. others in the defense bar and social researchers believe if
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children are given enough information they would feel pressure and make up stories. there wasn't a protocol in law enforcement departments. this case, lots of lessons from a case like this, and across the country. you saw standard protocols developed and laws enacted. >> what sort of laws? >> well, one had to do with the statute of limitations. think about the cases filed against the catholic priests. many that came forward, the molest ka molestation or abuse happened years ago. many extended the statute of limitation, allowing others to come forward. if they get in touch with things that happened, they were no longer barred from filing the
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lawsuits. >> an interesting look back at the case that happened years ago. >> now to a bit of royalty in the world of sport. star basketball player for st john's. he's big for the fans in america. he stands out as a real prince. >> he's a royally gifted shot blocker. and comes from royalty. chris is the prince of a tribe occupying much of central nigeria. his father is a prince and grandfather a king. >> i just say, "call me chris." >> call you chris. >> yes. >> chris doesn't speak a great deal about the royalty aspect. you know, he does have a regal
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presence. but also humility, a sense of humour, humility to laugh at himself. his first love was soccer. he became a fan with his older brother and september instructional tapes of the game, including one from phil jackson. >> he said that phil jackson sends a lot of tapes. and all that stuff. >> he moved to new york city and moved to new york city as a junior. it was a culture shock. >> whether and the food. 80 degrees. we have local food here, and my jacket freezing. your friends teas you about the movie coming to america. they do. >> they say coming to find my
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bride. >> the 6 foot 9 sof more is a leading shock blocker. to me defense is winning championship. i love playing defense. whatever we do to stop the other team we do. >> it's a big thing for me. >> his iq or feel, court sense is exceptional. as he gets stronger he has a fright future not just at st. johns, but the next level. >> have your parents seen you play? >> a couple of times, on tv though. >> what do they say when they see you on the basketball court. >> they are proud of me. >> mum almost stopped crying. they stopped crying. they are proud of me. >> he is loving life and hoping to play at the next level like his idol and fellow countryman.
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>> i can't imagine what it feels like. he is from where i'm from, he came here and made a name. that's what i wanted to do. i'm looking at tracing his steps. hopefully it comes. >> st. john's begins a tournament tomorrow. coming up, our picture of the day, and pope francis one year later, how his papacy changed the catholic church , and the things that haven't changed.
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>> i'm meteorologist kevin corriveau, we are looking at a deadly and dangerous situation across parts of ohio, where multiple people have died in car accidents because of the snow pushing through in the area. let's go closer and you can see what we are dealing with. the snow making its way up here and some areas, believe it or not, we are expecting to see anywhere between 12, 16, 20 inches of snow. that will be in parts of new hampshire. that will continue wednesday night into thursday. dangerous driving situation. temperatures are going to bottom out tomorrow. new york, after the beautiful weather you had, we are going down to 23 degrees. philadelphia, washington 28. it will be windy.
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we are looking at temperatures close to zero. here in albany. pittsburg at minus 11. it will be a dangerous situation. that is not going to last long. as we go flow thursday, we are expecting a high of 28 degrees. that is loo look at the weather. your news is after this.
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>> ellen degeneres, her star-studded oscar selfie set a record for retweets. this rendition caught our producers high. it's from helen rooney using coloured penns ills to restart the picture. rooney says here drawing takes 2.5 hours to complete and gets millions of views on youtube. >> pope francis has been known to take a selfie or two since becoming pontiff. attendance tripled. pope francis did things at the catholic church. how much as really changed?
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>> a simply good evening and history was made. it was the first time the catholic church had chosen a leader from south america. it was clear his nationality was not the only thing that would make pope francis stand out. his popularity was immediate. he practised what he preached. strong statements were matched by his choice to live in a modest guest house, rather than the grand papal apartments. he witnessed poverty and crime. one of his first acts as pap was to kiss the feet of inmates. >> he was earnt the cover of "time" magazine. from the rich and powerful to the less blessed, pope francis's appeal was global. >> then you have a pope to whom
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you can identify yourself with. he understands that. when we talk to him, then he - he can connect with us. so this is like - with us. >> francis inherited a church beset by child abuse scandals. he's been able to change your the image of the church. how much change your has he achieved behind the scenes. critics would say not much. a u.n. report published in february accused the church of failing to properly deal with cases of child abuse. though the pope's tone on issues like gay right softened, there's no sign of religious reform. >> you cannot do this kind of thing quickly without making disasters. he's a man who will do things,
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and - but in the due time. >> a year on there's little doubt that the hope has the right intentions to change the church to the better. as the doves released by him and attacked by a se gull attests. best-laid plans don't always work out as intended. some see him as a hero. he's had an undeniably great first year, he hasn't performed that miracle just yet. >> now to the picture of the day. thousands gather in istanbul for the funeral of a 15-year-old boy, struck on the head bay tear gas cannister fired by police during an anti-government protest. headlines are next.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america, i'm richelle carey, here are the top stories. images that could be the first sign of malaysia airlines flight 307 were released by the chinese government. the photos taken on sunday
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showthree large potential pieces of debris. the search area has expanded for the plane that disappeared from radar. it was headed to beijing from kuala lumpur. president obama reaffirms his commit the to ukraine. the new leader is asking the u.s. leader for help, saying he's not standing down against russia. >> nine people are missing after an explosion in new york city. three are confirmed dead and dozens injured after two buildings collapsed. it could be the result of a gas leak in the east harlem neighbourhood. more americans may be able to qualify for overtime pay. president obama is expected to issue an executive order forcing companies to pay overtime to millions of salaried employees, the latest effort to close the income and equality gap.
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those are the headlines. "america tonight" is up next. you can get the latest news online at our website aljazeera.com. do keep it here. >> on "america tonight", the blast that rocked pan am flight 103. >> my daughter -- rocked manhattan. disaster in new york city. and the questions about why this happened. also tonight - the cold pain of heroin addiction. >> it's too much. it's too much. i know how i raised him. i know how i raised him to live. we lived a whole some
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